A quarter of voters in Adams County — a key 2018 battleground in Colorado — have yet to receive their ballots because one of four trucks carrying them to be mailed didn’t make it to a postal processing center last week. About 61,000 Adams County ballots — mostly for residents in Thornton, Brighton and Aurora — had yet to be sent as of Tuesday afternoon. “We’re waiting on the truck to pull up,” U.S. Postal Service spokesman David Rupert said. Julie Jackson, spokeswoman for Adams County Clerk and Recorder Stan Martin, said it was unclear why the ballots on the truck weren’t unloaded and ended up being returned to a secure location. She said the office is still investigating to find out what happened.
The office didn’t discover the ballots hadn’t been sent until Monday, when people began questioning where their ballots were, according to an email sent to some voters from Martin. Martin is one of the voters who did not receive a ballot.
Parts of Adams County are in the heavily contested 6th Congressional District, where five-term incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman is in a tight race with Democrat Jason Crow. It’s also host to one of the hottest state Senate contests, where the winner in the match between Democratic state Rep. Faith Winter and incumbent GOP state Sen. Beth Martinez Humenik could determine control of the chamber.